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The United States' biggest soccer talent will be staying put for a few more years. Borussia Dortmund has announced that Christian Pulisic signed a new contract that runs through 2020, ending speculation about an imminent transfer.
Pulisic, just 18, was heavily linked to a Premier League move over the summer. He's performed well for Dortmund this season so that interest was likely to resume this summer, but his inking of a new contract will probably keep him in Germany through at least one more summer. With Pulisic tied down through 2020, Dortmund now has zero incentive to sell to anyone, at any reasonable price.
While Pulisic got a raise, Liverpool -- the club Pulisic was most heavily linked to -- can pay a lot more than Dortmund can, so it's fair to say that Pulisic made a decision to prioritize other things over money in the short term. While there's never anything wrong with players trying to get paid as much as possible, USMNT fans should be happy that Pulisic is currently putting his development as a player ahead of that.
And given the playing time he's getting at the moment, he appears to have made a good decision for the development of his career. If Pulisic moved to another country right now, he'd need some time to adjust and might fail to crack the starting lineup due to factors outside of his control. He's made 31 appearances at a high level before his 19th birthday, and that's something he's probably interested in not messing up.
Dortmund also has a lot of young players that Pulisic can grow alongside. It's unlikely that the team has reached their ceiling. Just look at the ages of his teammates.
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In the news
In other Dortmund signing top talents news, they've inked Alexander Isak, popularly known online as the Next Zlatan. (Dortmund)
Steven Gerrard has taken up a coaching job at Liverpool, and Jürgen Klopp wants to help him learn how to be a manager. (BBC)
The new CONCACAF Champions League format eliminates the group stage for MLS and Liga MX teams. (MLS)
Marcelo and Luka Modric both picked up injuries over the weekend. (AS)
Sergio Busquets too, he's out two weeks. (Marca)
Ryan Mason is alert and talking after suffering a fractured skull. (Hull City)
Following the Chargers' departure, an investor group has a proposal to bring MLS to San Diego. (ESPN FC)
This story about Erik Lamela's dog is really sad. (Telegraph)
You should be reading
Emilia Bona on the system that places young players at risk of sexual abuse in the U.K. (Vice)
Dominic Bliss on the art of penalty taking and why Brits are bad at it. (The Set Pieces)
Matt Gault on Eddie Howe's development as a manager. (These Football Times)
What to watch on Tuesday (click for listings, all times ET)
Africa Cup of Nations: 2 games (2 p.m.) -- Group B's teams play simultaneously, and none of them have been eliminated yet.